Drawing inspiration from the British Museum’s ‘History of the World in 100 Objects’, this selection of objects – a digital diary of sorts – will help examine our nation’s cultural influence on the continent, and equally, its influence on us.
Each weekday over a period of 99 days, we will be highlighting a particular object on our collections website. We'll be looking at everything from Old Master paintings and priceless heirlooms to some of the more quirky and bizarre items in our collection.
From exiled collector William Bankes’ classical paintings purchased from afar to decorate his Dorset home of Kingston Lacy to the first articulated prosthetic limb made for the 1st Marquess of Anglesey who lost his leg at the Battle of Waterloo, this digital diary will reveal surprising and unexpected stories that underscore our long history with Europe.
Drawn from over 200 special places, this digital attic of oddities and treasures will show that Britain’s story is one of a two-way traffic of delights, where the English Channel is not so much a fortress as a trading highway of influences and culture that has helped define who we are as a nation today.
This cornucopia of delights proves that long before the European Union existed – in an era before referenda - our country’s cultural links to its neighbours were deep and wide-ranging. No doubt they will always be.
Be sure to look out for this daily dip into our treasure trove.